Gutsy Melville gallant in defeat


Melville’s Shannon Turner chases down a Queens Park breakaway.
Picture: Vince Caratozzolo
Melville’s Shannon Turner chases down a Queens Park breakaway. Picture: Vince Caratozzolo

Former Melville midfielder Emma Ylias stunned the 250-strong crowd with a headed goal inside of five minutes for Queens Park to score the only goal of the game.

The two sides battled out the remaining 85 minutes in end-to-end, attacking football.

Melville’s Perth Glory goalkeeper Evie Gooch calmly directed her defence and deflected every other Queens Park onslaught.

Melville central defender Laura Waltman was the outstanding player for her side, with timely tackles and a clean pair of heels when dribbling upfield out of danger her trademark qualities.

Her opposite number and winner of the Tracey Wheeler Fairest and Best medal was former Glory player and pacey defender Stacey Learmont.

Melville’s teenage winger Lucy Jerram caught the attention of former Socceroos coach Frank Arok, attending a women’s match for the first time in Australia.